Resolve by Nexus LA

Resolve, by Nexus LA, is a virtual event series created to provide a platform and open dialogue discussion space for the local Baton Rouge and South Louisiana community to create Equity in Entrepreneurship.  This event will also allow opportunities for entrepreneurs to learn from each other and network with experienced Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) founders and executives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resolve will kick off on September 10th with an introduction event, which will be a loose roundtable-style discussion for key community members to address key issues in the development stage of tech-enabled entrepreneurs and their businesses. As the series continues, the insights and pain-points identified by our panelists will be used to shape the content and structure of future installations in the series.

Check out the flyer at the link below for more information, or visit their website.

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Popular Lynda Courses for August

Learn something new with a digital class from Lynda! They’re free with your library card and accessible anywhere you get online. All you have to do is find it in the Digital Library. Here are August’s top ten courses from your East Baton Rouge Parish Library:

  1. Illustrator 2020 One-on-One: Fundamentals
  2. Maya 2020 Essential Training
  3. Online Marketing Foundations
  4. Learning DaVinci Resolve 16
  5. CompTIA Network+ (N10-007) Cert Prep: 4 Making TCP/IP Work
  6. Revit 2021: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial and Metric)
  7. Learning Bash Scripting
  8. Python for Students
  9. CompTIA Network+ (N10-007) Cert Prep: 5 Securing TCP/IP
  10. 3ds Max 2021 Essential Training

Big Library Read: The Darwin Affair

Join a global virtual book club with OverDrive’s Big Library Read! You could win a Samsung Galaxy tablet by using the #biglibraryread hashtag to share your thoughts on the book. Here’s a summary of this month’s book, Tim Mason’s The Darwin Affair:

“London, June 1860: When an assassination attempt is made on Queen Victoria, and a petty thief is gruesomely murdered moments later—and only a block away—Chief Detective Inspector Charles Field quickly surmises that these crimes are connected to an even more sinister plot. Was Victoria really the assassin’s target? Are those closest to the Crown hiding something? And who is the shadowy figure witnesses describe as having lifeless, coal-black eyes? Soon, Field’s investigation exposes a shocking conspiracy in which the publication of Charles Darwin’s controversial On the Origin of Species sets off a string of murders, arson, kidnapping, and the pursuit of a madman named the Chorister. As the investigation takes Field from the dangerous alleyways of London to the hallowed halls of Oxford, the list of possible conspirators grows, and the body count escalates. And as he edges closer to the Chorister, he uncovers dark secrets that were meant to remain forever hidden. Tim Mason has created a rousing page-turner that both Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would relish and envy.”

Search for the title on the Libby by OverDrive app, or visit Overdrive in your browser, to start reading The Darwin Affair today!

Mid City Micro Con – Virtual Cosplay Competition

Just because this year’s Mid City Micro-Con is taking place online, you think you have to give up cosplay? NEVER. All you have to do is fill out this Google form (if you have a Google account) or email your pictures and/or video, and answers to the following questions, to

*Required Answers

  1. *Name:
  2. *Email address:
  3. *Age:
  4. Phone number:
  5. How do you prefer to be contacted?
    • Email
    • Phone
    • Text
  6. Primary Category:
    • Kids (10 & under)
    • Teens (11-18)
    • Adults (19 & over)
    • Group
  7. *Character Name(s):
  8. Source/Series of Origin or Name of Original Design (name of show, comic, anime, etc.):
  9. Please submit a brief statement about your cosplay process that the judges can read aloud if you win. You can talk about why you picked that character, how you put the costume together, what you like about comics and cosplay, or whatever else you’d like people to know.
  10. *How did you hear about the Mid City Micro-Con?
  11. Please attach any photos or videos to this email or provide a link to your files below.

Participants for this contest do not have to meet a certain percentage of craftsmanship to enter. However, crafted costumes, props, etc. are highly encouraged. Judging is done on a first-come/serve basis. Winners will be notified the day of the competition as part of a YouTube Live video. All are encouraged to submit a video or written statement about their character choice and costume to be included in that session if they win. If you do not include both answers to all required questions and images or video of your cosplay, your entry will not be judged.

Applications are open until Friday, August 28th, at 6PM. We’ll announce the winners with judges Lady Luna Loveless, Ninja Yoyo, and Gamma Rae Cosplay at the end of the con on Saturday, August 29th – you can find the schedule on our infoguide. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Accel5: Helping Businesses Stay Productive during Covid-19

Accel5 is a business-focused database that takes the huge amounts of information available in books and webinars and crunches it into quick, easy summaries, so you can learn exactly what you need, exactly when you need it. They’ve also come up with some great resources on how to keep your business afloat during the Covid-19 crisis. Here’s what they have to say about it:

These are some of the videos and books they recommend.

“As the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis continues to impact people and organizations, adapting to changing working conditions, coping with new challenges, and managing stress is critically important. Our team at Accel5 has compiled the following resources from top business authors, executives, and educators to help you and your organization stay productive, build new skills, and provide leadership during these challenging times. These items are accessible to all, regardless of subscription status.”

Accel5 is available from the Digital Library anywhere you can get an internet connection.

Summer Reading Wrap-Up

If you haven’t signed up for summer reading, you have just one more week to do so and turn in your completed paperwork! This year’s summer reading program will end on August 15th.

But don’t worry – you can do it all online! Our traditional summer reading program, which relied on paper logs, regular visits to the library, and attendance at library programs, was impacted by the ongoing disruption due to COVID-19, and we needed to offer something that could work from a distance… Powered by Beanstack, our new program hosting software, there are 7 Summer Reading Challenges for all ages. It’s easy! Just read and complete activities to earn badges. Each challenge (except Red Stick @Home) has both a reading/logging component and an activity component. The rules, requirements, badges, and incentives vary based on the age group. You can find them all on the library’s Beanstack summer reading website.

Here’s a quick video from our May Library Road Show on our summer reading program:

Crafting for a Cause: Mystery Crochet Along

You like crafting, right? Of course you do! Stop by the Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library to pick up a new project – a mystery crochet-along!

Join other crafters in the greater Baton Rouge area in crocheting something new. What is it? It’s a secret! You’ll find out when you’re finished. Yarn and pattern will be provided for you, but you’ll need your own crochet hook.

This project is available the whole month of August. Go tie some knots, Baton Rouge!

RBDigital moving to OverDrive

Good news, library patrons! Now you can access all our fantastic ebooks through a single app – Libby, by OverDrive!

RBDigital’s books are moving to OverDrive on Monday, August 10th. This means that you may not have access to anything on RBDigital on that day. The transfer is expected to take just four hours, but may take as long as 24. When it’s completed, visiting RBDigital’s site will redirect you to OverDrive automatically.

What will change? If you are already an OverDrive user, you’ll have access to lots of new titles! If you’re making the switch from RBDigital, you’ll be able to finish any items you have checked out on that platform through the end of their lending periods, and then you’ll be redirected to OverDrive to read new books.

What do I have to do? Anything you have on hold in RBDigital will need to be placed on hold in OverDrive after the switch takes place. If you don’t have anything on hold, you don’t have to do a single thing.

What about magazines? You can still use the RBDigital app to access magazines through Zinio.

2020 Census

If you haven’t yet completed your 2020 census forms, now is a great time! It takes less than ten minutes to participate, depending on how many people live with you, and requires only names, dates of birth, and very basic information about race and ethnicity.

What does the census do?

The census only collects data and produces demographic statistics. Those statistics are used by many government agencies to direct funding for public works, like roads and schools. This information can also be used to determine the number of representatives each state gets and which districts will vote on which candidates.

Is my information safe?

All electronic submissions are encrypted, and if you choose to submit a paper form, it will be destroyed after the information is recorded.

Any more questions? Check out FAQs: Census 101.